The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, October 23, in Kano, declared that he would devote 100 per cent of his time and energy to serving Nigerians if elected.
Telescope.ng reports that this was as the former Lagos State governor mocked the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, pledging that he would not be a part-time president that would spend 50 per cent of his time ruling the country from Dubai.
This was contained in a statement released in Abuja by Tinubu’s media officer, Tunde Rahman, shortly after his interactive session with members of the popular Tijjaniyyah sect in Kano.
The statement partly read: “I won’t be a part-time President who will share time between living in Dubai and Nigeria. I would concentrate attention and energy on confronting and surmounting Nigeria’s pressing challenges.”
Tinubu’s mockery was coming barely two months after his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, described the former vice president as a political tourist who only returned to the country every electoral cycle.
While referring to Atiku as a father he held in high esteem, Shettima said Nigerians wanted a leader whose worth and output could be felt at home.
Endorsing Tinubu’s ambition on Sunday, the Tijjaniyyah sect demanded that his presidency should ensure inclusion of their members in cabinet and other government appointments, reduction in Hajj fares and assistance in concluding Tijjaniyyah University under construction in Kano.